Economic Dynamism in the Asia Pacific: Growth of Integration and Competitiveness / Edition 1

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This broad-ranging student textbook examines the rise of the Asia-Pacific as an important economic region. It looks at the sources of that rise, its future development and the possible consequences for the global economy. The analysis is divided into three sections considering:
* how far the Asia-Pacific has developed as a regional system, looking at the patterns of integration of the principal economies
* the relationship between the key individual economies of Japan, Korea, China and the United States
* how the rise of the Asia-Pacific economy has affected the international economic system.
In so doing it provides much-needed insights not only into the growth of this powerful economic region, but also the international context of Asia-Pacific development.
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With contributions from economists and sociologists from China, Japan, the US, Britain, Australia, and Canada, Thompson (economics, The Open U., UK) provides a valuable understanding of both the rapid growth of this region and its international context. Topics include patterns of trade, investment, and migration; financial systems and monetary integration; women in the labor market; the role of the state in economic development; economic integration; measuring the size of foreign multinationals in the region; East-Asian and Anglo-American business systems; technology systems, innovation, and transfers; and consequences and implications of rapid industrialization. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415172745
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Open University Pacific Studies Course Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction: contours of economic development in the Asia-Pacific 1
Pt. 1 Economic Dynamism Considered 19
Ch. 2 Patterns of trade, investment and migration in the Asia-Pacific region 20
Ch. 3 Growth: its sources and consequences 55
Ch. 4 Financial systems and monetary integration 83
Ch. 5 Engendering the 'economic miracle': the labour market in the Asia-Pacific 112
Ch. 6 The role of the state in economic development 137
Pt. 2 The Processes of Integration 163
Ch. 7 Economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region 163
Ch. 8 Measuring the size of foreign multinationals in the Asia-Pacific 185
Ch. 9 East-Asian and Anglo-American business systems 213
Ch. 10 Technological systems, innovation and transfers 250
Pt. 3 Consequences and Implications 275
Ch. 11 Winners and losers in the Asia-Pacific 276
Ch. 12 The environment, traditional production and population 303
Ch. 13 The Pacific and beyond: APEC, ASEM and regional economic management 335
Ch. 14 Danger and opportunity in the Asia-Pacific 356
Acknowledgements 385
List of Contributors 386
Index 389
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